Patent Agents and Technical Advisors

Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson

Patent Agent

Lars joined McKee, Voorhees & Sease PLC after graduating magna cum laude from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and receiving a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota. While completing his law degree, Lars competed in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition, and earned a scholarship from the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association; served as a Notes & Comments Editor for Cybaris®, an Intellectual Property Law Review; served as a Research Assistant to Professor R. Carl Moy; served as Vice President of Mitchell Hamline’s Student Intellectual Property Law Association, and prosecuted patent applications as a certified Student Attorney through Mitchell Hamline’s Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Lars has been registered to prosecute patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since July 2014. Much of Lars’s practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the firm’s Mechanical and Electrical Practice Group. Before coming to Mckee, Voorhees & Sease PLC, Lars gained valuable experience at the USPTO drafting Office actions as a Summer Extern.

In his own words, Lars feels he is most engaged in his work when he asks the right questions. The part of his job he enjoys most is coming up with straightforward and effective solutions that simultaneously solve several of his client’s legal issues.

When Lars is not at work, he enjoys coaching hockey, playing chess, and researching his family history. An avid fan of sports, Lars roots for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers.


Brian D. Keppler, Ph.D.

Technology Specialist

Brian joined McKee, Voorhees & Sease in 2016 after obtaining his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, he received his Master’s degree in Plant Biology and undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, both from Ohio University.

Brian has extensive research experience in the field of plant molecular biology including doctoral research focused on the molecular basis of plant disease resistance.

As a Technology Specialist, Brian provides support to patent prosecution in the biotechnology and chemical arts.

In his free time, Brian enjoys hiking and trail running.

Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.

Technology Specialist

Oliver joined McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C. in August 2017 after graduating from George Mason University law school. Prior to law school, Oliver graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree from Drake University in Biology and Psychology, and a minor in Biochemistry. It was during his undergraduate years that he began performing research and studied the difference between hypertensive and normotensive resuscitation on the energy status of organs following severe hemorrhage. During and just following his undergraduate years, Oliver also worked for Pioneer Hybrid and Kemin Laboratories, assisting with various research projects and performing quality control. Following his undergraduate degree, Oliver attended Iowa State University as a Multidisciplinary Graduate Education Training Fellow and a Biotechnology Fellow. Oliver received a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Genetics, and received the Excellence in Research Award and Excellence in Teaching Award. His graduate work included research in the embryonic development of hindbrains in mice, the effects of feed restriction in pigs, and the innate immunity in pigs by utilizing various molecular and bioinformatic techniques. Following graduating, Oliver then started a postdoc at Midwestern University. His postdoc research was focused on studying the changes in expression and the mechanisms of control between normal cells and osteosarcomas. Oliver also helped to mentor students with a wide variety of backgrounds in research.

Following his years of research, Oliver then decided to attend law school to study patent law. He went to the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. There he focused on intellectual property. While at school, he spent one summer working at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC and another summer clerking for the Administrative Patent Judges on the Patent Trial and Appeals Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

While not working, Oliver enjoys traveling, kayaking, rafting, camping, and hiking. When he is not out exploring, he also enjoys grilling and cooking, especially Cajun, or catching a movie with friends.


Gregory Woods

Electrical/Mechanical Technical Analyst

Gregory A. Woods received his Electronic Engineering Technology degree from Bradley University in 1997. Prior to joining McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, Gregory brought over twenty years’ experience in providing engineering support, system design, testing and troubleshooting existing and new products, specifying components, writing and maintaining product support manuals, including project management.

Gregory presently does prior art searches, assists Patent Agents and Attorney’s in drafting patent applications, as well as competitor product evaluations for the Mechanical/Electrical Practice Group.


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